Monday 20 January 2020

In A World Where You Can Be Anything … - Matthew Kelly

In A World Where You Can Be Anything …
Matthew Kelly
Blue Sparrow Publishing 
Dynamic Catholic
ISBN 9781635820928

Over the last 5 years I have read books by Matthew Kelly 25 times, and that does not count some of his children’s books that have been read many times over.  I am always excited when a new volume from Matthew is coming out, and eagerly await it’s release. The last one I read as a new release was Rediscover the Saints, and it was an incredible read. This one reminds me in some ways of Kelly’s The Book of Courage. Some of Kelly’s works are for business and some are for Catholics.  This one feels like it is trying to split the difference. I feel that there are many great points and some that miss the mark. 

The text on the back cover is the beginning of the introduction. The introduction ends with:

“We are people of possibility. Most possibilities are unseen and unexplored, but it’s time to change that. In a world where you can be anything … be…”

What follows is 148 pages of facing pages with “In a world where you can be anything …” on one side and on the other a word of phrase. The book is printer on heavier stock paper. The pages alternate between a white, and aqua and a navy. This is one of those books that will become popular for grads of high school and university. It will be given as gifts. It will sit on coffee tables and offices, and bathroom reading racks. In Some ways it reminds me of the H. Jackson Brown Jr’s Life’s Little Instruction Book’s my dad had many of them in the washroom over the years you could flip them open anywhere and start reading. You can read from beginning to end. With this one you could even read from end to beginning. It only took about 15 minutes to read through it the first time and that was with reading the whole back cover, the introduction and the afterword.

I love most of the books from Kelly that I have read. And I did enjoy this one. I was just expecting a little more. But as mentioned this book will make a great gift, and can be flipped through from time to time as a reminder, to become the best version of yourself, and to be open to the possibilities.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2019 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Matthew Kelly:
I Know Jesus
The Long View
Decision Point: The Workbook
Decision Point: The Leader Guide
The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic
The One Thing
Off Balance: Getting Beyond the Work-Life Balance Myth to Personal and Professional Satisfaction
Why Am I Here?
Perfectly Yourself: 9 Lessons for Enduring Happiness
Perfectly Yourself Discovering God's Dream For You
Building Better Families: A Practical Guide to Raising Amazing Children
The Dream Manager
The Seven Levels of Intimacy: The Art of Loving and the Joy of Being Loved
The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose
Building Better Families - 5 Practical Ways to Build Family Spirituality
The Book of Courage
The Shepherd: A Modern Parable about Our Search for Happiness
Mustard Is Persecution, Matthew Kelly Foundation
A Call to Joy - Living in the Presence of God
The Rhythm of Life: An Antidote For Our Busy Age
Words from God
Resisting Happiness
The Narrow Path
Our Father
The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity
Why I Love Being Catholic
Good Night, Jesus
In a world where you can be anything ...

Beautiful ... Series:

Rediscover Books by Matthew Kelly:
Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living with Passion & Purpose
Rediscover Advent
Rediscover Lent
Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation
Rediscover the Rosary: The Modern Power of an Ancient Prayer
Rediscover the Saints

Audio by Matthew Kelly from Lighthouse Media:
Becoming The Best Version Of Yourself
The Best Way To Live
Don't Just Try, Train
Faith At Work & The Holy Moment
The Four Signs Of A Dynamic Catholic - Excerpt
The Jesus Question
My Spiritual Journey
Our Lives Change When Our Habits Change
Raising Amazing Children
The Seven Levels Of Intimacy
The Seven Pillars Of Catholic Spirituality

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